The UPA Government would soon take up construction of 12,000 km four-lane road project across the country, Union Minister of State for Road Transport and Highways K H Muniyappa said on Friday.
The project, to be taken up in Public-Private Partnership (PPP) mode, would cost about Rs seven to eight crore per kilometre, he told reporters in Hyderabad. The project is likely to be completed by 2015, he said.
The four-lane roads would connect state capitals, ports and other important cities in the country and help rural masses send their produce to big markets, Muniyappa said. To a query, he said any technically eligible company can take part in the bidding process to undertake road laying works in contrast to the system of a few short-listed companies only vying for bidding.
The Minister held a meeting of a committee for promotion of Hindi in the Road Transport Ministry. The committee, formed last month, would work for promotion of the national language, he said.